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Graphic Design and Visual Culture in Europe 1890-1945

Private Press Books in Special Collections

Shakespeare Head Press

The Elizabethan scholar A. H. Bullen established the Shakespeare Head Press in Stratford-up-Avon in 1904. His original aim was to produce a good edition of Shakespeare's  works, and his ten volume Stratford Town Shakespeare was completed by 1907. After Bullen died in 1927, the press was acquired by a partnership including Basil Blackwell, the Oxford bookseller. Bernard Newdigate was appointed as typographer and under his direction the press worked within the Morris tradition: Ovid's Metamorphoses was the first book he produced as a limited edition. 


title-page of Morte d'Arthur 

 beginning of sixth book of Morte d'Arthur 

 cover of Metamorphoses 

title-page of Metamorphoses 

 page 61 of Metamorphoses

opening of the Decameron 

 page 141 of the Decameron 


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